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Tech Takes Center Stage at CATESOL 2015

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By MARDELLE AZIMI —Our 46th CATESOL Annual Conference was a resounding success, replete with the relevant theme “Technology Through the Ages”; we saw more inspiring, interactive presentations than ever advocating technology in the ESL classroom. Included below are highlights of just a few areas of the tech-themed conference. Thank you for attending the annual conference
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The New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:
The Name of Our Game Is Workforce Development

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
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By DAVE COLEMAN —What’s in a name? Evidently, very much! The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 has been reauthorized for the first time in 10 years with a new name, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Formerly emphasizing the government’s financial investment in workforce development, the new legislation focuses on labor and educational agencies’
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“You’re Not a Real Teacher”: Reflections on Adult ESL

May 19th, 2015 | By

By GREGORY A. DOBIE —In 1998 I was teaching an adult ESL class for a public school district in San Antonio. The class met at night in a middle school. One evening I needed to get access to a classroom, so I asked the custodian for a key. He told me that he couldn’t give
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Bridge Classes: A Model for Transition to Community College for ESL Students

May 19th, 2015 | By
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By KRISTEN PURSLEY —Adult school “bridge” classes are one model for helping ESL students transition from adult school to community college. They also provide an opportunity for collaboration between adult school and community college ESL programs. Two Contra Costa County adult schools, Mount Diablo Adult School and West Contra Costa Adult Education, have had bridge
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Calling Secondary Level Teachers, Students!

May 19th, 2015 | By

By LAURA RODMAN —Hello Secondary Level teachers and secondary students, I am happy to announce that Secondary Level teachers and students can now apply for the CATESOL award presented at the annual conference, to be held this year November 12-15 in Anaheim. The theme for this year’s conference is “Technology Through the Ages.” Both awards
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ESL and English: Different Paths, Common Goals

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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By LANE IGOUDIN —Many community colleges today question whether a non–terminal-degree program such as ESL deserves a piece of the budget pie, while they would rather spend that piece on the programs that lead directly to higher graduation and transfer rates. In the meantime, we know that without our ESL programs, nonnative students would be
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K-12 Adult Schools Provide the Most ESL

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
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A Look at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office Report on Adult Education By KRISTEN PURSLEY —As California’s adult schools and community colleges go through the AB86 Regional Consortia planning process, they have to learn a lot about each other fast. A report issued by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) in December 2012 can be
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Happy New Year! From the IEP Level

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
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By MARIA ALLAN —“Happy New Year!” may seem a strange title for an article being written in the fall, but the fall feels like a new beginning for many of us teachers. This past October’s CATESOL Annual Conference in Santa Clara provided inspiration and new ideas to support the work we do every day. One
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Adult Education: The Need for Dedicated Funding

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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By KRISTEN PURSLEY —The current system of funding California’s adult schools sunsets at the end of this school year. After that, the future is uncertain. The only plan for funding adult schools after 2015 consists of a vague intention, stated in the 2012 state budget, to fund them through the regional consortia that include representatives
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My Own Journey of Discovery About Disability and ELLs

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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By JEFF MATTISON —I have to admit: I’m not an expert on the topic of differentiating between language learning and disability. The genesis for this article stems from a new challenge that I have faced in the past year in my new position teaching ELD at a high school with policies and procedures for its
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